The Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet for a brown bag lunch at the Judge Samuel Holten House, their chapter home, at 171 Holten St., Danvers, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at noon. Marblehead Town Historian Don Dolliber will speak on “The First Inhabitants of Marblehead” as part of the monthly meeting.

The Friends of Beverly Animals will hold its 11th Annual Fur Ball on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Italian-American Center (ICC), 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the trivia contest starts at 7 p.m.. The top three winning teams will receive $400 in gift cards and prizes. Food, music, dancing, raffle and silent auction items are all part of what puts the fun in this fundraiser. FOBA is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization, and the Fur Ball is its main fundraising event of the year. Tickets are $25; kids under 12 are free. For tickets, visit: or purchase at the door. FOBA’s 2020 pet calendar will be available. Questions? EMail: or call 978-922-7190.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Beverly Health Department is sponsoring a free flu clinic for those age 5 years and older at the Beverly Council on Aging at 90 Colon St. A limited supply of high dose vaccine is available for those 65 and older. Please bring insurance cards and wear short sleeves or loose fitting clothing. Contact the Beverly Health Department at 978-921-8591 with any questions.

Salem Main Streets’ fifth annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine, on Derby Wharf, Salem Maritime National Historic Site (160 Derby St.). The parade, which features a costume contest with prizes, will include a pet-focused area. Pets of all species are welcome, but should be well-behaved and comfortable with many dogs. Registration begins at 1 pm, and the parade steps off with a loop around Derby and Central Wharves, ending with the costume contest. Participants should register online in advance if possible, at, with a small donation of $5, which supports special community programs. The 2019 Howl-o-ween Pet Parade is supported by primary sponsor New England Dog Biscuit Company, Witch Pix, Scarlet Letter Press, and Noble Beasts Pet Care.

The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers is showcasing works of freelance photographer Thom Adorney throughout October and November. Adorney, who works and teaches in Beverly, has themed his work “Celebrating the Extraordinary Within.” His images have been published, won awards, and been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Newburyport Art Association, the Beverly Guild of Artists, Porter Mill Gallery, the Marblehead Art Association, and Gallery 62 in Danvers. He has donated services to non-profits, including The Cabot Theater, the Essex County Trail Association, the House of Seven Gables, and Beverly Bootstraps. The church, which is wheelchair accessible, is at 323 Locust St. (Rte 35) Danvers. View the exhibit before or after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or call 978-774-7582. Visit

Danvers’ “Zero Waste Weekend” is Oct. 26 and 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Danvers High School parking lot, 60 Cabot Road. Here’s your chance to recycle items not collected curbside. Co-sponsored by the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, JRM and XTechnology Global, the Town of Danvers Department of Public Works. Zero Waste Recycling Weekend welcomes bagged clothing, shoes, purses, linens and select domestics for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation. For details, check XTechnology Global will collect electronics including – at varying costs – TVs and computers monitors, desktop printers, large printers, ACs, stereos and VCRs, cell phones and small electronics. Cub Scout Packs 16 & 155 will collect redeemable bottles & cans all weekend. Compost bins are for sale at discounted price of $25. Recycling bins and carts for $5 and $40. No cash accepted – checks only. Questions? Visit: or contact the DPW at 978-777-0001 x3011.

BoSoma Dance Company, under the direction of award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, has stepped up its community outreach in its mission to harness the power of dance and physical movement to unlock a passion for greater learning in our schools. In partnership with New England Arts for Literacy Project, BoSoma has created K-12 programs that support core curricula learning, including a landmark program, “Mathematics and Science,” designed to introduce children to how choreographers use numbers and music mathematically to create choreography and movement patterns. Science topics also integrate and teach the importance of knowing human anatomy and gravity, which allows dancers to be able to move through space. For more information, contact Katherine Hooper at 978-500-3057 or

Owl prowling naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson visit the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to present “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World.” The learning begins at 7 p.m., and the subject is the owls of New England and beyond, including Great Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech Owls, Boreal owls and Great Gray owls that are rare here, yet are found on other continents; Snowy Owls, Eurasian eagle owls and familiar Barn Owls. Mark and Marcia will share the field marks, signs and naturalist’s skills you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing you to six live owls up close. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. This event is free and open to the public. Register at or 978-774-0554.

The Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal) in Marblehead, 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114), invites community children — and their parents — to a free Halloween festival Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the church’s handicap accessible Parish Hall. Children are encouraged to come in costume, the better to enjoy bouncy house, games, food and treats! Families attending will be offered a reduced admission to a Halloween-themed concert, featuring the early music ensemble Seven Times Salt, at the church after the party. For more information, see

Endicott College’s Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, 406 Hale St., Beverly, will host Dr. Robert Whitehair, executive director of the Center for National Vesting, discussing his new book, “American Buyout” on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., following a half–hour introduction by Mary Grant, former Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the Sixth Essex district from 2003-2010. Dr. Whitehair will discuss the nonprofit organization he launched to address the economic issues outlined in his book, namely, how $15 trillion of untapped value in the economy can help provide a livable wage for every citizen in this country. Following his lecture, he will answer questions collected online and live at the event.

The Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead, will host an informational session on “Medicare 101” For seniors with Scott Maibor in the meeting room on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The free educational program is designed to help those turning 65 looking to add Medicare coverage, as well as those already utilizing Medicare, to have a better understanding of the program and their options. The event will include a short overview of the Medicare system including what is covered and what is not; changes for 2020; options and costs of options; Dates to be aware of; penalties to avoid; low-income assistance. No specific carrier plan details will be presented. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

Seven Times Salt will present a Halloween concert, “The Corners of the Moon: Uncanny Music for Hallowmas,” on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. following an afternoon Halloween festival at the Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal), 35 Lafayette St., (Route 114), Marblehead. The Boston-based group, which specializes in repertoire of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, has created a program of spooky music, witches’ dances, mad song, fantastic beasts and more. In addition to Karen Burciaga, who plays violin and guitar and contributes vocals, the band features Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Dan Meyers, recorder, flute, bagpipes, percussion, and voice; Matthew Wright, lute, bandora, and voice; David Miller, bass viola and voice; and Alastair Thompson, harpsichord and voice. For more about them, visit: The suggested donation is $20, and costumes are encouraged. A reception follows. The church is handicapped accessible.

The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., in Marblehead, will show the works of eight member artists in the Artisan Shop, beginning with an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., and running through Jan. 12, 2020. On view and for sale will be works by photographer Kimberly Crowninshield, 2D fine artist John Willand, jewelry and leather artisan Joanne Demetra, jewelry designers Deborah Way and Janet Russell, glass artist Aron Leaman and ceramicist Dorothy Arthur. The eight MAA artist members will be displaying their works on a rotating basis, 15 to 20 affordable pieces at a time, all juried, all under $250. 781-631-2608 –

The Marblehead Arts Association continues its annual tradition of throwing fabulous seasonally themed parties in October. On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., costumed revelers are welcome to party the night away at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St. It’s a fundraiser that’s sure to be a funraiser, with a twist of the unexpected; a night of drinks, dancing and fortune-telling. Tickets are $40 at door, $35 online at: All proceeds support the exhibits, educational programming and operations of the MAA forwarding its mission “leading arts in the community” and raising raise 100% of its budget to do so. Questions? Call 781-631-2608.

The sixth annual Colton Buckley 5K is set to go on Nov. 10 at the AOH Club, 58 Lowell St., in Peabody at 10 a.m., with registration ending at 8 a.m. Online registration ends: Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Entry Fee is $25, and proceeds support the Citizens Inn of Peabody, one of two sober living transitional housing programs in the state helping to address substance abuse. Specifically, funds will be used for a Children’s Enrichment Program at the Inn with library space focusing on early childhood literacy. The foundation also supports Foster Forward and Learn to Cope, and will host a pasta dinner the evening before the race from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AOH Hall, during which you may share names of loved ones to be read or create luminary bags with messages to be displayed at City Hall for the vigil at 7 p.m. Parking is available behind the AOH Club. Visit

The Danvers Historical Society presents lunchtime history films every third Monday, noon to 1 p.m. On Oct. 21, bring your lunch to Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., join the gathering, and settle down for “Haunted Inns in Massachusetts,” presented by Heritage Films, Dan Tremblay, member of DHS. A lively discussion will follow. Although admission is free, donations are appreciated. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to

The City of Salem is conducting a survey of the users of Salem Willows Park to gather feedback on the park as it is now, what users like or dislike about the park, and what they envision the park looking like in the future. Responses will help the City prioritize improvements to the park and determine future projects throughout the Salem Willows. To access the survey, visit: It takes less than five minutes to complete and responses are completely anonymous. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.

On Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., the Beverly Public Library Film Society will present a politically charged horror film featuring a home invasion in which the enemy is, well... us? Free and open to adults, with free popcorn, the 3-hour screening will take place in the Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly, thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library who sponsored this program. Licensing prevents us from printing film titles; call the library for the title at 978-921-6062 or check

This October, the North Shore Players will present Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein.” Join the Doctor, Frau Blucher, Igor, Inga and The Monster for the kind of funny that can only come from Brooks. Performances are at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers, Oct. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m., and on Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$20, available at the door, from cast members and online. More information on Young Frankenstein at

Children, ages eighteen months to three years old and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of creative movement and a snack with Debbie Leibowitz. This program will be held on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 29 through Dec. 3 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road in Marblehead. PJ Library Creative Movement with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Lappin Foundation and Epstein Hillel School and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Phyllis Osher at or 978-740-4404. Walk-ins are welcome.

Castle Hill will celebrate Halloween with an interactive theatrical cocktail party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. that tells the story of the infamous Dr. Caligari and his Somnambulist, a man who has been sleeping since birth or so Caligari claims. As the story unfolds someone will die and another will be abducted. Based on the 1920s silent film, this immersive experience will thrill and delight. 1920s attire is encouraged. Admission includes light appetizers, sweets, and 1 drink ticket. The Great House at Castle Hill is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Trustees members pay $44. Nonmember: $55. Advance reservations are required. Please visit or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

On Monday, Oct. 21, meet the people of Vietnam and learn about their history and culture as we travel the country during the Lunar New Year celebration. Also known as Tet, this festival welcomes the arrival of spring as everyone celebrates with flowers, special foods and visits to family, friends, and temples. In Asia, the Lunar New Year represents the largest migration of people as they travel great distances to celebrate with loved ones. Part of the “Monday Mornings” program series, the program runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free and open to adults; no registration required. Handicapped accessible. Info: Ona at

The Peabody Institute Library is holding a four-part discussion series of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” taught by Professor Theo Theoharis. The first of four meetings will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. First published in 1952, it gave birth to Steinbeck’s most mesmerizing characters and the enduring themes of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Steinbeck’s late masterpiece is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis. The edition we will read is “East of Eden,” John Steinbeck, Penguin Classics, available at the Main Library on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit:, or call 978-531-0100 x17.

The Ipswich Board of Health will offer a flu clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Council on Aging Cafeteria, Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The influenza (quadrivalent) vaccine is available free of charge to individuals over 50 years of age, pregnant women and individuals 19 years of age and older with chronic medical conditions. Please remember to bring your insurance cards. Wear clothes with short or loose fitting sleeves to the clinic. Questions? Call the Public Health Office at 978-356-6606.Or visit:

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore is hosting a Family & Friends Support Group and an Individual (Peer) Support Group on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly MA. The two groups are for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges and for individuals (peers) and they meet the last Wednesday of Every Month . For more information e-mail or call 617-984-0504 and leave a message. Also visit

ReachArts, a Swampscott community arts organization, is hosting “Made By 01907” — the first artisan fair showcasing one-of-a-kind creations by Swampscott artists and artisans — on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the products from local artisans are hand-made creations including jewelry, wooden items, prints and gourmet baked goods. The event also includes an art sale benefitting My Brother’s Table and a silent auction in the Grand Ballroom benefitting ReachArts. For more information, visit:

The Friends of Beverly Animals will hold its 11th Annual Fur Ball on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Italian-American Center (ICC), 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the trivia contest starts at 7 p.m.. The top three winning teams will receive $400 in gift cards and prizes. Food, music, dancing, raffle and silent auction items are all part of what puts the fun in this fundraiser. FOBA is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization, and the Fur Ball is its main fundraising event of the year. Tickets are $25; kids under 12 are free. For tickets, visit: or purchase at the door. FOBA’s 2020 pet calendar will be available. Questions? EMail: or call 978-922-7190.

The Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host an old fashioned bean supper on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu offers two kinds of home baked beans, ham, coleslaw, brown bread, rolls and beverage. Prices are: Adults $7, Seniors $6, and children $3.50. Home-baked pies are $1.50 per slice. The building is handicap accessible, and there will be music.

The Danvers Public Schools is seeking peer partners to participate in our Integrated Preschool Peer Model Screening on Monday, Oct. 28, the Integrated Preschool Program offers a comprehensive early childhood curriculum taught by Massachusetts certified teachers and Special Educators with additional support from Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists. The screening process will include a 20 minute play session during which your child’s language, social, behavior, and play skills will be observed. Children who are accepted must be three prior to enrollment date. To schedule an appointment or to enquire about fees please call the Department of Student Services. For more information, call the Department of Student Services at 978-774-6112

The Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, will host a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m., featuring students and alumni from Chapman University. The vocal and instrumental concert will feature “The Great American Songbook.” You’re welcome to meet the performers at a reception following the concert. The building is handicapped accessible.

Marblehead’s Mugford Street Players will hold open auditions for Paul Rudnick’s hit comedy “I Hate Hamlet,” directed by John Fogle, on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., in Marblehead. The show will perform Jan. 10 through 26 at Marblehead Little Theatre. Actors, aged 25 to 75, are asked to bring a headshot and resume and to prepare and present a 1-2 minute comic monologue. Actors will be seen in order of arrival at the auditions, as far as possible. For more information, contact the director at

Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak as part of the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series at St. John’s Prep on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Power is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, a Harvard University professor, and a leading voice internationally for principled American global engagement. Presented by St. John’s Centers for Mission and Research, the lecture series brings innovators, influencers, and leaders to campus to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Tickets are free for Danvers residents as well as students and teachers from local cities and towns. General admission is $15, including check-in and a reception at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. inside the Kaneb Theatre at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. Register at

“Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop,” has returned to Salem for its 27th season of bringing the Salem Witch Trials to life. This year, “Cry Innocent” is offered alongside multiple activities so guests can customize their experience with walking tours, short film viewings, and more. Several shows daily in October, at the Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square, Salem. Tickets for the October season are available online at

Rome and Colonial America were more alike than you think. On Saturday, Oct. 19, local archaeologist Kimberley Connors will be at the Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St., to tell you why. At her 1 p.m. presentation, “Think: Tribute, Technology and Transportation,” Connors, a Harvard University trained archaeologist and educator, discusses how the Roman model formed the foundation of our landscape and history. This event is sponsored by the Hamilton Historical Society and the Friends of the HWPL, free and open to the public. Questions? Call 978-468-5577, or visit:

Ultra Mega Printmaking by Haig Demarjian will be the focus of an exhibit running from Oct. 9 through 31 at Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery, in the Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Demarjian works in media ranging from fine art to commercial illustration to film. He has also written and drawn the adventures of his comic book creation Super Inga. This is the first time he’s allowed the many disparate aspects of his work to collide. The Winfisky Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or 978.542.6365.

“Gunplay: A Play About America” by Frank Higgins, comes to Salem State University in October. Through dramatic vignettes, Gunplay’s kaleidoscope of views explores the mystique, the mythologies and the power of guns in American society without taking sides or supporting any particular perspective. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 at the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette St., Salem. The Oct. 20 matinee includes a post-show conversation, and the Oct. 24 show includes a prelude conversation at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call 978-542-6365.

Charter Street Cemetery in Salem will be closed through Nov. 3. The city is preparing to undertake a substantial landscape preservation and improvement project in the cemetery and has already completed early phases of work, including some headstone and tomb restoration and preliminary archaeological reviews. The city will publish information about the cemetery and its history, as well as images of notable headstones and tombs, at

Tickets for Marblehead Little Theater’s production of Anne Marilyn Lucas’s “Recovery,” now running through Oct. 13, are on sale. Lucas’s poignant play follows three young women, all grappling with the reality of addiction, and their mothers. Previously staged at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, “Recovery” premiered in New York City and will be performed in Greece in March 2020. Boston director Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, former assistant artistic director of New Repertory Theatre, is directing the MLT cast of eight North Shore women, Talkbacks after every performance to discuss addiction, featuring Caron Treatment Centers on Oct. 10; Jeff Korsenick on the financial cost of addiction on Oct. 12; and Melissa Weiksnar, author/speaker, on Oct. 13. Tickets are available at or at the Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St, Marblehead.

Fall street sweeping in the city of Salem continues on entrance corridors Tuesday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 17. Residential neighborhood street sweeping will take place on both sides of the street on the same day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Routes will be posted with temporary No Parking/Tow Zone signs and parking will be prohibited while sweeping. Sweep days are the day after regularly scheduled trash days. Schedule and map, alternative parking locations and other information are posted on

The Mrs. Essex County Pageant will crown the 49th Mrs. Essex County at this year’s Topsfield Fair and is looking for contestants. Not a beauty competition, the Mrs. Essex County Pageant contestants must be married, living in Essex County with their spouse, and be at least 18 years of age to enter. Each contestant will submit a prepared food item. This year’s category is favorite holiday appetizer. Contestants will be judged according to the following criteria: general appearance, personality, poise and food score. This year’s pageant will be held in Coolidge Hall on the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Applications can be downloaded at: Entry deadline is Thursday, Oct. 10. at 10 p.m. For more information, call organizers at 978-807-5976 or 508-932-2165.

Massachusetts native Melissa Moschitto brings her award-winning play “Artemisia’s Intent” to the Peabody Black Box theater, 22 Foster St., Peabody, for one performance on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. The play is inspired by the life and artwork of the 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi — a painter of powerful women — who in 1612 was one of scores of women through Europe persecuted, tried, and in her case, horribly tortured for witchraft in a mass frenzy that predated the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at

The Beverly High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 45th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club, 134 McKay St., Beverly. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by mailing a check payable to BHS Class of 1974 to Maureen Hobin, 6 Gardner St., Beverly, MA 01915. Ticket price includes food, music by a DJ, and a few surprises. Reservations are needed by Oct. 1. For more information, email or visit

The Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead will hold its biennial rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 to 11:45 a.m., with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. The sale offers gently used, quality items. Light refreshments will also be for sale in the cafe, as will baked goods. For more information, visit The church, which is handicapped-accessible, is at 135 Lafayette St. (Route 114), near the Marblehead-Salem line.

The Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., Peabody is hosting New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. A Massachusetts native, he’ll narrate a slide presentation of the maritime tragedy and rescue featured in his book, “Ten Hours Before Dawn,” which has recently been adapted into a Young Reader’s Edition and will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Learn about ranked choice voting when the West Branch Library, Peabody, 603 Lowell St., hosts staff from Voter Choice Massachusetts presenting information on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reform that increases the range of choice on the ballot and produces fairer outcomes of elections. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Award-winning author Jane Gandolfo will be at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch at 603 Lowell St., on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Gandolfo has published the second book in her Veronica Howard Vintage Mystery series, “A Tale of Deceit.” She was awarded the EVVY Book Award in the category of Mystery, Crime, Detective Fiction for her debut novel, “To Paint a Murder.” She’ll discuss the series as well as answer questions about writing and publishing books. A book sale and signing will follow the event. For more information, call Kristi Bryant at 978-535-3354.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Class of 1974 is holding its 45th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion, 37 School St., Hamilton. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Checks may be made out to and mailed to Robert Woodbury, 484 Bridge St., S. Hamilton, MA 01982. Questions? Email Nancy Symonds Thompson @

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Essex Tech will hold a Homecoming Gala to support the Catherine Larkin Memorial Cottage project at 6 p.m. in a tent on the lawn of the Smith Hall at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School. Students from various disciplines will together rebuild the cottage next spring, using historically significant materials from the original cottage, built in 1950 and once the hub of the school’s homemaking program. The school has also partnered with designLAB architects, a Boston-based architecture firm. The benefit gala, which will contribute to the $2.5 million fundraising goal, will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, a live and a silent auction and farm-to-table meal prepared by Essex Tech culinary students, with cash beer and a wine bar. Tickets are $250 per person/$2,000 for a table of 10, available at

Multi-instrumentalists Lorraine and Bennett Hammond will appear at Saturday Night in Marblehead at the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. $15 at the door. Lorraine, master of the Appalachian dulcimer, also plays banjo, mandolin and Celtic harp and is an expressive singer and songwriter. Bennett, a superb finger-style guitarist and recent convert to the five string banjo, names “the three Bs”, Bach, the blues and Buddy Holly,” as major influences. Together, The Hammonds are versatile musicians and engaging entertainers. St. Andrews Parish Hall is located at 135 Lafayette St, Marblehead, and is handicap accessible. For more information, call 781-631-4951.

Children, ages three and younger, and their caregivers are invited to PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist. Enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement with Jewish themes, free play and snack. This program will be held on the following Mondays: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chabad of Peabody, 682 Lowell St., in Peabody. PJ Library Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist is a free program of Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation and is open to all. RSVPs are requested to Raizel at or 978-977-9111. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Ipswich Public Library will hold its 15th annual “Ipswich Reads One Book” initiative with a monthlong schedule of events this fall to encourage the community to read the same book and come together to explore its themes and issues in a variety of forums. The reading selection this year is “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff, who will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 7, at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. Sheff, who chronicles his son’s downward spiral into addiction and steps toward recovery, has created a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help, as only a parent can. Copies may be borrowed at the library in a variety of formats. In addition to discussions and the keynote event, the library will offer a number of special events and informational programs presented by treatment providers, to panel discussions with law enforcement, and everything in between –since everyone intersects with this issue in a different way. For complete schedule, with descriptions and registration requirements, visit, or contact Library Director Patty DiTullio, at or 978-356-6649.

Hamilton-Wenham Library now has select best-sellers “to-go.” Check out the new collection of hot titles, recent best-sellers in high demand, waiting for someone to check them out. These popular items circulate for two weeks, are not holdable, and may not be renewed. Swing by to check the shelf often, or browse the complete list of titles at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St. South Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit:

SeniorCare’s RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore program is in need of volunteer drivers to take elders to their medical appointments. Commitment is flexible and volunteers determine their own hours. For information on this and other volunteer opportunities, call 978-281-1750, ext. 572, or email

The Beverly Public Library is holding free weekly adult English language practice groups on Fridays, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., at 32 Essex St. Led by local volunteers, these gatherings center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, and cultural references. No registration required. For more information, contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or

Corsara Artists, a Peabody-based non-profit music ensemble, presents a reimagined staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera ‘The Medium’ in the recently restored Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody’s City Hall on Oct. 30 and 31. Conducted by Ismael Sandoval with New York City Soprano Sara Law, Peabody’s own Mezzo-Soprano Natalja Sticco, and Mezzo Sarah Klopfenstein, this staging marks the return of world-class opera to Wiggin Auditorium, originally built as an Opera House 1883, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on stage, ‘Moonrise Fae;’ a troupe of musicians, storytellers, artists, dancers, fire spinners, and flow artists with a chilling pre-opera performance. want to miss.” Topping off the Oct. 31 performance, a Halloween Party with cast and crew sponsored by Rumson’s Rum of Salem at Peabody’s Black Box Theater from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45 at 978-326-9788, or at, or:

The American Lung Association and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center are hosting a free Better Breathers Club for those affected by chronic lung diseases. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 96 Forest St., Peabody. Different topics will be addressed each month, and light refreshments will be served. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-532-0303.

City of Salem Wi-Fi is now available in most public city buildings across the city. The free Wi-Fi, accessible by members of the public, can be found at the following locations: City Hall, City Hall Annex, Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center, Department of Public Services building, Greenlawn Cemetery Division office, Electrical Department office, All Salem Fire Department stations, Salem Police Department headquarters, Museum Place Garage office. No password is required to access the Wi-Fi, which is public and not secure. The service is provided without warranty and at the user’s own risk.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that a new online map showing all capital projects underway in the current fiscal year has been published at To view capital investments, maintenance, and improvement projects in design and planning or are under construction, click to open a window showing all relevant details. The 151 projects on the map total $115 million in investments to improve Salem’s parks, public spaces, streets, sidewalks, and public buildings, and enhance the City’s ability to deliver local services and maintain a high quality of life for Salem residents.

The Northshoremen Chorus of Beverly is offering three free, 45-minute singing lessons for men of all ages, sponsored by the Beverly Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The program runs Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. For more information, call 866-727-4988, email or visit

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, hosts a new cable TV show, “Caring is Everything” on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT). It will address youth bereavement and grief support in partnership with local schools, to deliver youth bereavement services, while training school personnel on childhood grief. Launched in response to a need — six percent of Massachusetts youth are estimated to be bereaved by age 18 — the launch show features Kristin Kowalski, MS, CAGS, who leads the school-based grief support program and will discuss how the program aims to collaborate with local schools. The show will air on Danvers Cable Access TV (DCAT) and on Comcast 99 and Verizon 36, and will run for four weeks at the following times: Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Sundays, 3:30 p.m., Mondays, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, noon. Visit, or


The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is launching a new homeschool program offering on-campus classes to home-schooled children in grades 1-8, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 10:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Courses span a range of topics and include Cyber Civics, Fine Arts, Handwork, Outdoor Science in Nature, Spanish, German, Strings/Music, and Theater. All courses are taught by Waldorf School at Moraine Farm faculty. The cost for an eight-week session is $250 and includes all materials needed. Registration is now open. For more information, visit:

Essex County 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group’s meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The second Tuesday meetings are at the Council on Aging office in Danvers at 25 Stone St., and the fourth Tuesday meetings are held in Peabody at the Peter A. Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central St. Every meeting is facilitated by a professional career coach whose topics will be relevant to career transition and job search. Meetings include guest speakers, access to hiring managers and opportunities to network. For more information, call 978-762-0208.

Adults of all faiths who want to explore Judaism or who are considering conversion to Judaism, are invited to register for Introduction to Judaism, a free 25-week course funded by Lappin Foundation and taught by North Shore rabbis. Participants will study a variety of Jewish topics, including: Hebrew, ethics, prayer, holidays, customs, history and more. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 5 and will meet at various North Shore temples. For more information or to register, visit or contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or

Stories & Songs with Ryan welcomes children ages 2 to 4 weekly, for songs, stories and activities on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Caregivers must attend — no registration needed.

The early records of Marblehead’s Second Congregational Church (now Unitarian-Universalist Church) have been digitized and are freely available online. These papers, journals, and ledgers span from 1714 to 1850 and include records of baptisms, member lists, marriages, church meeting minutes, and disciplinary records. To access, visit or the Congregational Library and Archives website. Records of the First Congregational Church (Old North) and Third Congregational Church are also available.

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., has launched a monthly genealogy series, “Digging for Roots Genealogy Series: Getting Started with Your Research.” Starting with pen and paper and introducing the proper genealogical forms, explore how and where to research family history. Discuss tracking research, how best to include the Internet, questions to ask living relatives and things you can do to help others who are researching their ancestors. Register at or at 978-774-0554.

Admission to the New England Aquarium for all Salem residents is free throughout September, a savings of about $100 a family, thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust. See the Aquarium’s new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, the penguins and California sea lions, Northern fur seals, and thousands of other aquatic animals. Proof of Salem residency is required at the aquarium’s box office. The Salem Ferry travels from the Blaney Street pier to Boston’s Long Wharf North, near the aquarium. For more information, visit

The Beverly Waste Reduction Committee, sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club, will hold a styrofoam recycling event at the Beverly High School rear parking lot on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Only clean white packing blocks and pieces from electronics or other packed items will be accepted. Unacceptable are: colored food trays, egg cartons, styrofoam packing peanuts.

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting lunchtime history films every third Monday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., presented by Heritage Films’ Dan Tremblay, at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Gatherings are casual and include film and a discussion. For more information, call the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 or E-mail to

Donate change to make a change throughout the month of September, as Beverly Bootstraps partners with local businesses to raise awareness of Hunger Action Month and support fellow community members in need. In Essex County, over 11% of children do not have enough to eat. Help keep them fed by donating the change from purchases at A New Leaf, Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, Flourish, Prides Crossing Confections, Tartine, Super Sub and What’s Brewin’. Beverly Bootstraps provides resources to families and individuals to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

A Salem Councilor At-Large Candidate Forum will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St. All are encouraged to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-682-2446.

There will be a meeting of the Beverly Democratic City Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Beverly Public Library Beverly Farms branch, 24 Vine St., at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Lisa Peterson, candidate for Congress in the 6th District. For more information or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at or 978-618-5188. Newcomers welcome. 

The McGinn Committee will host a fundraiser in support of Pete McGinn’s re-election campaign for Peabody Ward 2 councilor. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Petrillo’s Restaurant, 6 Foster St., Peabody. There will be light fare and a cash bar. Parking is available at the municipal lot on Foster Street. The suggested donation is $25 per person (checks payable to The McGinn Committee) which may be mailed in advance to The McGinn Committee, 8 Park St., Peabody, MA 01960. For more information, go to:

The Danvers Cultural Council is accepting applications from local artists and organizations for grants for the 2020 funding cycle. These funds are solely from an annual allocation of the Mass. Cultural Council. Individuals, groups or organizations interested in providing events or projects in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences may apply to support a variety projects and activities in Danvers — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances, workshops, and lectures. Online applications are available at The statewide deadline to submit is Tuesday, Oct. 15. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the Danvers Cultural Council will meet at the Senior Center, 25 Stone St., Danvers to review all applications, and again Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., to announce awards. Applicants should attend to support their applications. Danvers individuals or groups will receive priority. For more information, visit

The Miracle League of the North Shore is ready to play ball on the field of the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf field in Beverly. This fall, games will take place on Oct. 19 and 26. The Miracle League is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that gives children with unique challenges a chance to play baseball as a part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats once each inning, all players are safe on the bases, all score home runs, volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players, and everybody wins. The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly, is home to an all-accessible, completely rubberized field, where all games are held. Registration, player and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m. Warmups follow from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and the official game from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pizza will be provided for all.

Cabot and Rantoul streets in downtown Beverly will be the scene of downtown trick or treating on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. This free event is a safe and fun way for little ones in costumes to collect Halloween treats. Participating businesses on Cabot and Rantoul streets will have an orange flyer displayed in their windows. Areas of Cabot Street will be closed to cars at 3:30 p.m. For more information call Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558, or visit

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, will serve fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 10. The café will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Lunch is $5 to $7.50, depending on the menu, and will be served buffet style. The Beacon has two seating times: 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and reservations are required. Call to make your reservation at 978-762-4000, ext. 1513 and follow the instructions in the message. The Beacon Café is located off Route 114, at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, in the North Shore Business Center.

It’s 1929, the Crane family is away and the household staff is ready to play. They are opening the house to their friends and neighbors Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., so they can all see how the other half lives — by candlelight. Tours are scheduled every 30 minutes with the last departing at 8 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The Great House at Castle Hill is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost is $5 for Trustees members, $15 for nonmembers. Advance reservations recommended. Visit or call 978-356-4351 ext. 3203 for more information.

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is hosting the second of two free writers’ workshops, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Have a great idea and don’t know how to get started? Stuck with a messy first draft and need help with organization and editing? Come prepared to exercise writing skills and review all aspects of the craft. All levels and genres of writers are welcome. The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St., Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-5577, or visit

The Ipswich Board of Health will offer a flu clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Council on Aging Cafeteria, Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The influenza (quadrivalent) vaccine is available to people over 50 years of age, pregnant women and those 19 years of age and older with chronic medical conditions. The flu clinic is free, but bring insurance cards. Wear clothes with short or loose fitting sleeves. For more information, call the Public Health Office at 978-356-6606 or visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at

To help raise awareness of the nature of the rapidly rising rate of veteran suicide, the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Francisco Urena is hosting “a conversation about suicide and mental health” at North Shore Community College on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. The U.S. Navy confirmed that just last week three sailors assigned to the USS George H. Bush aircraft carrier died by suicide. A 2016 study estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide every day. Last year, 675 veterans in the Northeast region committed suicide, of which 60 were from Massachusetts. Join the conversation and learn from the panel why it’s so crucial to end the stigma of mental health. All are welcome to attend this talk, which will be held at North Shore Community College, Math & Science Building, Room 119, Danvers. RSVP to Randace Rauscher, 617-210-5751.

Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak as part of the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series at St. John’s Prep on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Power is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, a Harvard University professor, and a leading voice internationally for principled American global engagement. Presented by St. John’s Centers for Mission and Research, the lecture series brings innovators, influencers, and leaders to campus to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Tickets are free for Danvers residents as well as students and teachers from local cities and towns. General admission is $15, including check-in and a reception at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. inside the Kaneb Theatre at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. Register at

The Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers is closed for repairs until Oct. 21. Most items may be returned in book drops. No fines will be charged on returned items. Returned items may remain on your record longer than usual. If you would like to send your holds to another library, consult av staff member. Your library card works at all NOBLE libraries. For more information and updates, visit:

On Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Topsfield Historical Society welcomes Susan Swan, who will examine the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence and its ramifications for future labor relations. Initiated by women textile workers, the strike was a landmark in labor history, succeeding where other strikers failed. The program will take place at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St, Topsfield, with the generous support of the Society’s lectures, performances and children’s programming. For more inforamtion, call 978-219-4940.

The Salem Scholarship & Education Committee is now accepting applications for education fund grants of up to $5,000 for Salem educational programs and organizations. The grants are available to provide supplemental education funding for local educational needs and for existing adult literacy programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the maximum amount available for any one grant is $5,000. Grant funds cannot be used for salaries or stipends. The application form and additional information can be found at Click the “Education Fund Application”button on the left side of the page. Questions? Contact Dominick Pangallo in the Office of Mayor Kim Driscoll at or (978) 619-5600.

The 16th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Dynamic Motion, starts with a Soirée featuring hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, a beer and wine bar, and contact juggling, on Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by the free public show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. View more than 300 original works, a special theme-inspired installation, plus works from the North Shore’s best student artists. Proceeds will benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities during the weekend include People’s Choice Award voting, an art eye spy, a 32-sculpture installation in the landscape by the New England Sculptors Association, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino Complex. All activities will be at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Admission to the Soirée is $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers; to be deducted from any art purchase; reservation recommended at, or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

Beverly City Councilor-At-Large Julie Flowers is hosting ‘drop-ins’ at locations around the city and its six wards, giving voters a chance for one-on-one meetings to ask questions and voice concerns. Ward 6, Oct. 16, office hours at Half-Baked Cafe, 8:30 to 10 a.m., and Dunkin’ Donuts on West Street, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Flowers also hosts regular monthly online live Q&A sessions for those who cannot make drop-in times. Questions? Email

The Danvers Republican Town Committee (DTRC) will meet Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Danvers Fire Station meeting room, 62 High St. Danvers, to focus on the nomination of Republicans to be elected as DTRC members on the 2020 Presidential Primary Election Ballot. You must have registered Republican before Aug. 21, 2019. This meeting is open to all and all registered Republicans are urged to attend. The Danvers Republican Town Committee exists to support Republican candidates during the election season and beyond. The DRTC has a slate limit of 35 members. After the 2020 Presidential Primary Election all the newly elected members of the DRTC must meet and reorganize the Committee by electing DRTC officers. The Republican Party has diverse membership and coalitions. Non-Republicans can lobby for your coalition & nominate members. You need not be present to be nominated. We will need to verify Republican credentials before they can be added to the slate. For more information, email: or call 978-774-5262.

The Beacon Café, North Shore Community College’s student-run café, will be serving fresh, hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 15 through Dec. 10. The caféw ill be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. Luncheons are $5 to $7.50, depending on the menu, and will be served buffet style. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and reservations are required. Please call in your reservations at 978-762-4000, x1513 and follow the instructions in the message. The cafe is located off Route 114W at 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, in the North Shore Business Center.

The annual North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church Mammoth Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St. (Rte 35), in Danvers. No large furniture, exercise equipment or electronics, but everything else, including a large collection of jewelry, and delicious food and beverages in our café. For more information, contact Barbara Haight at 978-729-5422, or visit:

One man, Nathaniel Saltonstall, emerges from Salem’s 17th century Witch trials as inspiration for a contemporary play for the 21st century American stage. Presented by Punctuate4 Productions, ‘Saltonstall’s Trial: the untold story of the Salem Witch Trials’ runs at Beverly’s historic Larcom Theater, 13 Wallis St, Beverly, from Oct. 17 to 27. As scores of innocents are sent to their deaths, learn how Saltonstall stood alone for the accused, despite risks to himself and his family, with a compelling cast directed by award-winning actress, Myriam Cyr in a play co-written by Cyr and Michael Cormier. For more information, performance times and tickets, starting at $19.50, visit:

The Church of St. Andrew (Episcopal) in Marblehead, 135 Lafayette St., (Route 114), will hold its semi-annual rummage sale Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., with stuff-a-bag from noon until 1 p.m. For sale at bargan prices will be gently used, quality items, including adults’ and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses/bags, and accessories; electronics and small appliances; small furniture; kitchenware and bric-a-brac; linens; books; toys and games; gardening items; sporting goods; artwork; and Christmas items. High-quality items will be for sale in the boutique. Light refreshments and baked goods will be available. Donations will be accepted from Oct. 19 through 24 at noon sharp. No helmets, baby seats, cribs, stuffed animals, large appliances or furniture, weights, skis/ski boots, or CRT monitors/TVs. A complete list of items that can and cannot be accepted, as well as times for dropping off donations, is at:

The event is handicap accessible. For more information, call 781-631-4951.

The Ipswich Lion’s Club will present its 24th Annual Ipswich Chowderfest on Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Downtown Ipswich River Walk. Chowder tasting runs from noon to 2 p.m., and the chowders are from acclaimed local restaurants. Crafts are also local, the music is live from the Orville Giddings Band, the beer is from the True North Brewery Truck, and there are plenty of children’s activities, vendors and more. For tickets, visit:

The Peabody Institute Library will welcome the New England Chamber Players on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St. in Peabody. Founded in 2013 by flutist Alex Conway and clarinetist Thomas Weston, the Players will present a program of music for woodwinds and string trio, featuring seldom heard masterworks from across the spectrum of music for woodwinds including music of Crusell, Garfield, and Britten. Part of the library’s Fall Concert Series, the evening is sponsored by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For information/registration, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or visit:

Franciscan Children’s, a non-profit Catholic hospital in Brighton, will host a Youth Mental Health Awareness & Stigma Lecture at St. John’s Parish in Swampscott, 198 Hamphrey St. on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston, Kids Healthy Minds Initiative aims to improve awareness and detection of youth mental illness, and educate the entire community about the youth mental health crisis, while teaching about early warning signs in youth and decreasing the stigma surrounding it and its treatments. Twenty percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. have a mental health diagnosis, and countless more remain undiagnosed. All are welcome to learn about this crisis and its social ramifications. Mental health clinicians from Franciscan Children’s will offer the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative education sessions across the 144 cities and towns in the Archdiocese of Boston. To learn more, visit:

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